In November, schools will be compiling readiness assessments for all students in kindergarten.
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This article slightly differs from the rest of my content curations on kindergarten readiness because it describes assessments taking place after the child is already in kindergarten. However, I thought this article was very important because it describes how students are being tested in kindergarten to measure their readiness and their academic "starting line". This article describes how the federal government is providing grants to many states to create this new test and have it align with the common core. The article describes these new tests as being able to help spotlight academic achievement gaps at the starting line, rather than waiting until third grade to being testing students abilities. This article caused me to have very mixed feelings. At first I was very taken aback by this because I feel like standardized testing is not a very accurate way to test a students abilities, because there are all types of learners. However, after re-reading this article, while my opinion on standardized tests in higher education remains the same, I feel as if this type of test to assess a students starting point can be proven beneficial. This test can provide the kindergarten teacher with the information they need about how "ready for kindergarten" their students were, what basic skills they lack, and how wide the achievement gap between students is. The closing line of this article states that "advocates of early education are concerned that the information will be used to make high -stakes decisions by tracking students, for example, or delaying their entry into kindergarten.' This concerns me that the standardized test information will be used to make rash decisions for a student, when not every standardized test can truly asses all students abilities. Instead of helping students develop their weaknesses, it will prevent them form even getting a chance in kindergarten in the first place if the results is to hold a student back.